Veterans & Service Members

AACRAO recognizes and honors the sacrifices these men and women have made and its members are proud to assist them and meet their educational needs. Veterans and students on active military duty and their families face special circumstances and challenges.

Changes in federal statute and executive actions have greatly promoted the expansion of services toward veterans and their families. Since the Post-9/11 GI Bill was passed in 2009, close to 1 million veterans, service members, and eligible dependents have taken advantage of the educational benefits available to them. With the passage of more recent legislation, such as the Forever GI Bill in 2017 and the Isakson Roe and THRIVE Acts in 2021, there will be significant changes to military education benefits over the coming years.


Latest Actions

AACRAO recently hosted a webinar to discuss the implementation of veteran legislation passed in December 2020, also known as the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act. This law will have a transformative effect on the mission of Education Service to provide ready access to, and timely and accurate delivery of, education benefits to Veterans, Service members, and their families, as well as further enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to empower GI Bill beneficiaries to achieve their vocational and career goals.

Other recent legislation introduced in both the House and Senate include important provisions to help ensure veterans can continue to receive their education benefits as well as technical corrections to the legislation passed last year.


Education Dept. Waives Loan Interest for Servicemembers

Aug 26, 2021, 13:48 PM
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Summary : Agency will retroactively grant relief to more than 47,000 current and former active-duty servicemembers who were overcharged on their loans while serving in combat zones.
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The U.S. Education Department on Friday announced that it will retroactively waive interest on loans held by more than 47,000 current and former active-duty servicemembers who were overcharged on their federal student loans while serving in combat zones dating back to 2008.

That year, Congress eliminated interest on federal direct student loans for servicemembers deployed to areas subject to the threat of physical harm or imminent danger. However, few borrowers ever received the benefit, as servicemembers had to manually submit to the Education Department details about their military orders issued by the Department of Defense (DoD). Now, the Education Department will utilize data matching with the DoD to provide the interest waiver to servicemembers automatically, reported Inside Higher Ed.

"Brave men and women in uniform serving our country can now focus on doing their jobs and coming home safely, not filling out more paperwork to access their hard-earned benefits," said Richard Cordray, chief operating officer of the Education Department's Office of Federal Student Aid. "Federal Student Aid is grateful for our strong partnership with the Department of Defense, and we will seek to reduce red tape for service members wherever possible."

Related Links

U.S. Education Department Press Release

Inside Higher Ed

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